Hosting subregion foe Gordon Lee at the Huffman Center, the Darlington boys’ basketball team fought with the visiting Trojans for three periods Tuesday night.
In the fourth, the Tigers made their move and maintained their momentum heading into the frantic final week of the regular season.
Down by one at the half and after the third quarter, Darlington overpowered Gordon Lee to outscore its opponent 21-9 in the final eight minutes, giving the Tigers a 46-35 victory.
It was the third win in a row for Darlington, which is scheduled to play five games in the span of a week beginning with Friday’s trip to Region 6-A/A opponent Bowdon.
Junior forward JD Hull sparked the late-game run for Darlington on Tuesday, scoring 11 of his 20 points in the final period and going 6-of-8 at the free throw line.
Barrick Wade was next for the Tigers with 18 points, which included three 3-pointers. Sam Tackeberry contributed to the fourth period push by going 4-for-4 at the line.
The Tigers (11-5, 6-1 6-A/A) are No. 7 in the most recent GHSA Class A Private power ratings, which were released Tuesday. Their final stretch includes a game at No. 3 North Cobb Christian and two games against No. 4 Christian Heritage.
In other action:
Coosa girls 52, Armuchee 43
Coosa’s girls’ basketball team pulled themselves out of a slump Tuesday and picked up a Region 7-AA win on the road over Armuchee, 52-43.
The Lady Eagles (7-12, 4-7 7-AA) were paced by Taylor Roberts, who finished with 16 points. Gracie Shumate added 12, all off of four 3-pointers, Carah Arrant scored 12 points as well and Emma Reynolds had nine.
Armuchee’s Livia Skinner scored a game-high 19 points, while BrandyAnn Wacker had 11 and Karson Fallin added eight.
The Lady Indians (11-9, 6-4) is back in action today with a make-up game against Chattooga at 6 p.m. in Summerville. Coosa hosts Adairsville in a non-region game Saturday.
Gordon Lee girls 46, Darlington 36
A rough first half put the Darlington girls behind early in their Region 6-A/A game against Gordon Lee and the visiting Lady Trojans were able to stay ahead Tuesday in a 46-36 loss for the Lady Tigers.
Caroline Dingler led Darlington with 18 points, including a pair of 3-pointers, while Amelia Hoyt finished with seven points. The loss snaps a three-game winning streak for the Lady Tigers.
Darlington (7-9, 3-4 6-A/A) will be on the road Friday at Bowdon.
Model girls 63, Gordon Central 18
Victaria Saxton scored 31 points and recorded an astounding 21 rebounds as the senior posted a double-double in Model’s 63-18 win over Gordon Central in Shannon.
The Lady Blue Devils remain undefeated against Region 7-AA teams with an 11-0 mark and only three games left in the regular season.
Madison Moats contributed eight points for Model (17-3) while Megan Kent scored six points and had four assists. The team hosts Armuchee on Friday.